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April 9, 2013

Diamonds are forever, but so is winter: Baseball, softball fields not ready for play

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MANKATO —

“One of the big things is that frost is still in the ground,” McQuillan said. “It was a deeper frost this year, and that holds up maintenance on the dirt areas like the infield. Until that dries out there’s not a lot we can do.

“And the grass hasn’t started growing yet, either. You need temperatures in the 55- to 65-degree range for that to happen, and then we can thatch and aerate and do other things to get that going.”

Essay says the weather is causing a lot of frustration.

“It’s been a long winter, and you can see people have cabin fever,” he said. “They want to get outside and start playing. We’re going to do the best we can to make it happen but the weather has to start cooperating.”

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